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The DIYer’s best tool: good credit (ARA) — Handy tool belt, equipped with all the essentials? Check. A vision of what the end result will look like? Check. A sense of adventure and determination? Check. Sounds like you’re ready to tackle your do-it-yourself project. Or are you? There’s one more tool you need to have a handle on before you begin — your credit. Whether your DIY project is constructing a kit car, building a shed or replacing your kitchen counters, you should check your credit score before you get started, since it’s likely you’ll use credit or even a credit card to pay for your project materials and supplies. Every time you use credit, it can affect your credit score — which in turn influences your ability to get more credit. Consider these five reasons why your credit is the first tool you’ll need to get your DIY project started: 1. When financing a home improvement project, credit makes sense for several reasons. First, because you’re using the credit to pay for something that will, in theory, increase your home’s value and your enjoyment of it; it’s an investment with foreseeable returns. Second, the cost of home improvement materials may be more than you are willing or able to pay out at one time. Credit allows you to manage the cost over a period of time that’s comfortable for you. 2. If you’ll be buying a lot of high-cost materials, the store you purchase from might offer you a store card with a seemingly enticing discount or reward for opening the account. If you know your credit score before you buy, you’ll be better able to assess if the store card’s interest rate and incentive is really competitive with the credit terms you already have on existing cards or could get from a financial institution. 3. A good credit score can help you qualify for better interest rates and lower monthly payments on loans. But your credit score can change and if you don’t check your credit report or monitor your credit, you might not know about changes right away. Before you commit to what kind of credit you’ll use for your DIY project, check your credit score. Websites like freecreditscore.com allow you to access your credit score when you enroll in credit monitoring. Monitoring your credit allows you to see how changes in your credit report can affect your score. You’ll also receive credit score alerts whenever your score changes. 4. Your credit could influence the scope of your project. When you check your score and find it higher TURN TO CREDIT ON B27



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What you should know before buying a 3-D TV (ARA) — Everyone, it seems, is eager for 3-D. It’s a fad that’s had its heyday more than once in pop culture, but this time all signs point to 3-D finding staying power in American theaters and homes. If you have any doubt that 3-D is hot, consider the fact that more than 100 movies — from children’s animated films to big-budget sci-fi offerings — were released in 3-D in theaters and on DVD in 2009 and 2010. And weigh the fact that nearly every major TV-maker has at least one 3-D set on the market. In fact, manufacturers are banking that Americans will embrace 3-D in their home viewing experience just as they did flat screens, high definition and Internet access. A 3-D TV may well be the high-tech investment your family opts for in 2011, but before you buy, here are a few things you should know — and consider — about 3-D television:

Cost considerations As with any new technology, 3-D TVs appeared on the market at higher prices than what you would pay for a comparable quality 2-D high definition set. While you could easily find large flatscreens for $1,000 or less in 2010, most 3-D units sold for upward of $2,000. Prices are coming down, however, and industry watchers predict

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they’ll drop lower this year as the technology improves and manufacturers try to stimulate consumer interest. Many manufacturers have announced lower prices

Herb Festival, Spring Plant Sale and Tomatomania coming to Botanic Garden ENCINITAS — Back by popular demand is Tomatomania, part of the world’s largest tomato seedling sale, with lectures on culture and care and plenty of tomato seedlings.The event is coming to San Diego Botanic Garden on March 19 and March 20. Susan Belsinger is the honored guest at this year’s Herb Festival. Belsinger is a

on their 3-D sets for 2011. “Prices for 3-D TVs will definitely go down this year as our production costs have been dropping with improved technology,” says

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• Customizable. Cast-iron sinks and bathtubs add instant elegance to a space. And with more than 20 colors to choose from, it’s easy to create a customized look to reflect personal style. • Eco-friendly. Some castiron products, like those made by bath design pioneer Kohler, have a “green” side. Kohler manufactures its cast iron from 83 percent recycled materials. These three cast-iron fixtures have regained popularity — and reclaimed cast iron’s reputation as a material of TURN TO CAST-IRON ON B26


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Quality tree service — but only if you need it COAST CITIES — They are the some of the largest living things on the planet and they’re always changing. They also make up 15 percent of your property value. What are they? Trees. The above facts are courtesy of Brian Bishop, owner of Bishop’s Tree Service. Bishop says his business was borne out of a lifelong love of trees, and the quality of service he offers can attest to that. “When I was a little kid, I thought Paul Bunyon and his ox was the coolest thing ever,” he said. “I wanted to cut trees. When I was 16 I just started cutting trees on my own. Around 1994 I became a certified arborist.” The rest is history.

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regular basis. I believe in giving something back to the community where we can.” In a community that prides itself on its trees, Bishop’s Tree Service stands out. “The difference between me and a lot of people out there is that out of our nine employees, five are certified arborists. You won’t find that ratio anywhere.” What this means for customers is that you get a certified arborist in your tree. “It takes about 20 minutes to screw up a tree forever.” Bishop stresses the importance of getting the job done right and getting it done right the first time. For more information on Bishop’s Tree Service, call (760) 720-9649 or visit www.bishopstreeservice.net.

to hearing the phrase,“The customer is always right.” Bishop doesn’t necessarily subscribe to that theory. “When we do estimates, I ask questions.The customer isn’t always right. I give the most inexpensive alternative for long-term management.” Bishop’s pride in his work and his knowledge come from his years of experience and also his role as president of the Professional Tree Care Association of San Diego, or PTCA.“The mission of PTCA is education,” he said. “Basically the reason I agreed to be president is because I believe in education.” Bishop also believes in giving back. “We donate work to San Diego Botanic Garden on a



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Today, Bishop’s has a staff of nine, who offer a variety of tree services. Crown cleaning, crown reduction, crown restoration, lifting and raising, thinning, tree removal, stump grinding, line clearance and brush clearance are all offered. Bishop and his team take pride in what they do. Their bottom line is about saving you money and saving your trees. It’s not about up-selling. “I will tell someone, ‘You don’t need me. The tree’s fine. Come back to me in two years,’” he said. “I’m a tree guy, not a salesman. It’s what I do because I want to do it. The more I can educate people, the more I can do quality tree work.Raising the industry standard.” As consumers we are used






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Green house next to greenhouses ENCINITAS — With all the talk in recent years about living green, how many of us actually do? Local couple William “Bill” Allen and Lyn Allen made the commitment to truly walk the walk with the house they built on Hymettus Avenue in Leucadia in 2000. A slew of improvements to the house inside and out transformed it into a water- and energy-saving paradise in one of the most desired areas in North County, proving that going green doesn’t need to mean sacrificing style. In fact, the 4,000-square-foot house is so desirable that when it was listed recently with Tyson Lund of The Lund Team, it was in escrow in record time due to the great interest for the green

improvements. It is a craftsman-style home, built in the vintage style of the 1920s and 1930s. The grass is always green at this house. The Allens installed a high-quality synthetic grass in both the front and rear yard that is both aesthetically pleasing and reduces monthly maintenance and water usage. Almost the entire yard is synthetic grass requiring virtually no water consumption. Also of note outside are the solar panels, which come with an inverter that will take excess power and sell it back to SDG&E. The Allens received money back from SDG&E in 2010.They are actually making money on their

energy bill. According to Lund, a high number of interested parties saw these systems as a bonus. Several of the buyers were downsizing from Olivenhain, where having one to two acres of property can have water and maintenance expenses of several thousand dollars monthly. With little to no electricity bills, low water bills and no mello roos, other than property taxes, monthly expenses on the property are minimal. Other green features in the home include a 70-gallon grey water system, which takes water from the showers and bathroom sinks to reuse for irrigation. There is also a hot TURN TO GREEN HOUSE ON B23

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Spring events planned at Weidner’s ENCINITAS — March is the beginning of spring at Weidner’s Gardens. This year Weidner’s celebrates spring with special events and learning opportunities. Come learn at Fairy Gardening classes, a Succulent Wreath workshop, Moss Baskets and the Basket and Pot Rehab workshop and more. On April 16 and April 17, the Big Parade of Spring Baskets and Pots, the largest show anywhere of blooming and succulent combinations, will be held. Browse, get ideas, buy or learn to make your own at this free flower show. Don’t miss Weidner’s spring parade of color. For the complete schedule of all workshops and garden tour information, visit www. weidners.com and click on Classes and Events. Weidner’s Gardens is located at 695 Normandy Road in Encinitas. They are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Tuesdays when they are closed. Call (760) 436-2194 or visit www.weidners.com for details.



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Houseplants growing as a hip new niche (ARA) — Great as a gift or home decor, indoor plants are making a comeback as the coolest new trend in gardening. Cultivate, collect and even clean interior air with

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5 trends to make your home truly yours (ARA) — If you’re looking to purchase or remodel a home, you likely are building a long list of “must-haves,” “must-dos” and “mustincludes” for your new space. There’s no question the housing market is in a different place than it was as recently as five years ago. Of course, a tough economy has been the prevailing factor, but other things — an aging population and a tough job market — are influencing how people are living today and possibly into the future. If you’re like most home seekers and remodelers, you may find that your requirements fall in line with these five growing trends. Bigger isn’t always better: As interest grows in living more efficiently, people are building smaller homes. In fact, new homes are now 7 percent smaller than they were the previous year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Just my style: Homeowners are aiming to make their home fit their personal visions of the best investment on the dollar, and 20 percent of new homes are currently custom-built, according to the American Institute of Architects. This trend to customize is in part made possible by the parallel trend to build a smaller home. Smaller spaces free up dollars to put toward the products that fill it. Color, decor and products that help make a home feel one-of-a-kind ver-

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sus one-of-many are becoming king. M u l t i g e n e ra t i o n a l : Homeowners also are seeking spaces that accommodate residents of all ages. One-third of baby boomers report they have adult children still living at home or likely moving back home at some point, and 8 percent of Americans report

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COAST CITIES — When you see the trail of ants or find spider webs glistening everywhere on your way to the morning paper, it’s time to call Corky’s Pest Control. There is no reason to let ants, spiders, rodents, termites or any of the hundreds of potentially damaging pests wreak havoc on your beautiful home. Corky’s can solve your problem, and save you money and aggravation. Success in the pest control business, like most businesses, is a combination of experience, knowledge and dedication. Four decades of expertise and knowledge of our climate, our particular pest problems, and an expert’s knowledge of the products will best provide solutions for every customer. Owner Corky Mizer has over time added more services, products and diversity to his company in order to provide his customers with the greatest value. Besides the

basic high-quality pest control service that forms the core of his company, he has added the best people in each discipline to make new business divisions within Corky’s Pest Control. Included is his termite inspection and fumigation division. Corky’s is the first company to include a picture termite inspection process that allows the inspector to send pictures of the home while he is there and receive back a state-recognized termite inspection e-mailed to the customer in an absolutely minimum amount of time. Corky can also eradicate the termites in several ways, repair any structural damage that is found, and offer ongoing termite inspection, prevention and removal. Included in the termite eradication process is a four-year guarantee, knowing that if the job is done right it will TURN TO PEST ON B20




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(ARA) — Do-it-yourselfers range from experts to novices, ambitious renovators to weekend handypersons, but one thing they all share is the drive to find products and tools that can make their home improvement projects easy, successful and fast. “ D o - i t - yo u rs e l f e rs appreciate home improvement products that are new and innovative,� says Patti Price, senior vice president of merchandising for Lowe’s. “They’re looking for products and tools that make projects easier, improve the functionality and efficiency of their homes, solve an old problem in a new way, and are unique and original.� Lowe’s polled a panel of DIYers recently to find out what products they considered to be the most innovative — and useful — for the start of 2011. The top products will be updated quarterly, but for the beginning of the year, here are their top 10 picks:

1. Recessed light conversion kit If you’re looking for a quick, do-it-yourself lighting upgrade, with professional results, replace a recessed light with a pendant. This conversion kit makes the process quick and easy, and the end results provide updated style. Panelists highly rated the product’s innovative features, improved functionality and easy installation.

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Furnishing your home — made easy COAST CITIES — For the last decade 1 STOP Furniture & Patio has been San Diego’s leader in introducing the latest and greatest trends for both indoor and outdoor living. They are proud to introduce to the residents of North County elegant high-end furnishings and stylish outdoor patio collections of exceptional quality and value. Their dedicated sales team is comprised of professional designers with a penchant for helping discerning clients assess their needs and select furnishings that are innovative, stylish, comfortable and functional. As a leader in the industry, they strive to provide you with outstanding craftsmanship and the highest level of customer service that will satisfy even the most arduous clients. They offer no pressure sales and a huge selection of home furnishings to save you time and money from driving all over town. They are most famous for featuring the largest selection of custom sofas and sectionals and also regarded for showcasing an extensive variety of sophisticated outdoor patio furniture all year around. The popularity of their unique designs and excellent service has allowed them to expand into their


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1 STOP Furniture Warehouse & Patio is San Diego’s only furniture store where you can furnish every room in your entire home in one easy stop. They feature nationally recognized brands like Stanley Furniture, Tommy Bahama, AicoMichael Amini, Brownstone, American Drew, Lea Kids, Broyhill, Lane, Hanamint, Mallin, Summer Classics, Telescope, Serta and many more. Founded in 2000, they are committed to serving the community and its military. They have successfully raised thousands of dollars for local San Diego charities. 1 STOP Furniture Warehouse & Patio offers the most relaxed shopping experience the industry has ever ONE STOP SHOPPING 1 STOP Furniture Warehouse & Patio is located at 9050 Kenamar Drive (off seen! Visit their massive Miramar Road just two blocks north of the Pyramid). Hours are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (858) 271-9400, ext. 2 or visit www.furniturestoresandiego.com. Courtesy photo


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green The master suite: a haven within your home No thumb? No (ARA) — The master bedroom has evolved into far more than a place where you hit the pillow and grab a few hours of sleep each night. Today, it’s almost a misnomer to call these modern, multifunctional rooms bedrooms. If you’re looking to renovate, expand or build a new master bedroom, think “master suite” instead. Don’t just create a cozy room meant for sleeping, because in recent years it really has turned into so much more. The growing trend of making the master suite one of your immediate family’s choice gathering spots stems from a flagging economy and the fact that more people are choosing to enjoy leisure time at home instead of out on the town. And believe it or not, many are choosing to spend it in the master bedroom. “The master bedroom has increasingly become a restful retreat within your larger home — a place where you can spend the day, if you wish, with all the comforts of a traditional family room,” says Donna Schroeder, color marketing and design manager for Dutch Boy Paints. “The trend is to combine comfort with convenient amenities in an atmosphere that is peaceful and relaxing.” One of the easiest ways SUITE LIFE With people spending a lot more time in their master bedrooms, it makes more sense than ever to accomplish this is to look to make it great. Courtesy photo

to sumptuous hotel suites for your design inspiration. Plush, comfortable and full of luxuries — big and small — hotel suites offer plenty of ideas you can mimic. You say you like coffee first thing in the morning? Why go down to the kitchen? Install a coffee bar, complete with an espresso maker, coffee grinder and a mini refrigerator to store milk for those extra-foam lattes. Don’t expect to lounge on the bed with your cappuccino in hand. Reserve space in your design for an ample sitting area where you can put a sofa, comfortable reading chairs and even a state-ofthe-art entertainment system for movie nights and lazy Sundays. Add a built-in customized entertainment center to house the latest and greatest gadgets for everyone in the house. You’ll want to have room not only for the flat screen HDTV and BluRay player but also the kids’ gaming system, DVR receiver and a nook for Dad’s sound system.You might also want to include shelves for Mom’s prized collection of romantic old movies so she can watch them in the comfort of her bedroom haven. You can picture it already, can’t you? First, however, you must set the stage TURN TO MASTER ON B26

Perfecting your patio isn’t the work of a lifetime (ARA) — Spring is a time of renewal with flowers and trees blooming, grass greening and warmer temperatures bringing us back to the outdoors. But before you can begin to truly enjoy the fresh air — there are many updates needed to help your patio areas recover from the harsh effects of old man winter. Luckily, with a few spring spruce-up projects, you can achieve a patio revival in only a weekend that’s simple, yet looks sensational.

Wash away winter When we think spring — we think cleaning. No matter what type of patio you may have, pressure washing is a simple way to make it shine. It offers instant gratification as layers of dirt, dust and grime are quickly blasted away. Don’t have a pressure washer? No need to run out and buy one; most rental companies or home improvement centers offer reasonably priced daily rentals. Or it’s an opportunity to visit the neighbors you haven’t seen during the cold months to borrow theirs.

Bring new life to old furniture Once your patio area is clean, it’s time to bring out the seating. But have your table and chairs seen better days? The outdoor elements can wreak havoc on patio furniture. Fortunately, you can easily turn something ready for the trash into a new treasure by updating it with a coat of spray paint. To start, lightly sand and clean the entire surface. Next, spray the entire piece of furniture with a new, updated paint color.For metal,wood or wicker surfaces, try Krylon’s Outdoor Spaces spray, or for plastic surfaces, try Krylon’s Fusion for Plastic spray paint. Both products are available in a wide selection of popular colors and finishes and offer superior protection to keep your patio furniture looking beautiful for years to come.

Petals and pots with pizzazz Finally, it’s time to liven up your patio area with beautiful and aromatic flowers. But just as important as choosing the pretty petals, is planting them

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in the perfect pot. Terra cotta pots are ideal since they come in a variety of sizes and are inexpensive. For added pizzazz, you can update these planters with a splash of color. You can choose one color for all of your pots or mix it up.This is a great project that allows you to experiment with all of the colors that you love but were hesi-

tant to commit to inside your home. If you change your mind, all you need is a new can of spray paint. To start, turn each pot upside down on newspaper and spray the pot with your favorite shade of Krylon Outdoor Spaces spray paint. Once dry, you may choose to spray your vibrant pot with a clear,

pearlescent or glitter spray to achieve the dazzling finish you desire. With just these few simple projects, your patio will be festive and fashionable in just a weekend’s worth of work. For more information on other products or products from Krylon, visit www.projectsinacan.com.

New trend of ‘gardening with purpose’ takes root

(ARA) — Put on your garden gloves and join in the fun because “gardening with a purpose” is taking root. The purpose may be to grow your own food or create urban sanctuaries, but planting for a greener good is changing neighborhoods and communities — one garden at a time. According to the

Association of Professional Landscape Designers, homeowners are growing more of their own food — more herbs, vegetables and fruit trees — both in dedicated vegetable gardens and mixed in the garden among flowers and shrubs. But it’s not just food production that’s driving today’s gardener. As backyard conser-

vationists, gardeners are transforming yards, gardens, rooftops and even urban alleys into green and productive spaces. Here’s a glimpse of what Susan McCoy, garden trend spotter, sees for 2011.

lawns and gardens in an environmentally friendly way, according to the National Gardening Association. “Gardens continue to reflect awareness of how our landscapes enhance and improve the environment Garden with purpose around us,” Patricia St. John, Nine out of 10 house- president of the Association holds want to manage their of Professional Landscape

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SOLANA BEACH — Who doesn’t love digging in the dirt, breathing fresh air while harvesting ripe vegetables and fruit? Gardening, though, can be a bit of hassle when it comes to proper planning and execution. That’s where California Hydroponics & Organics comes in, a brand new garden center located in Solana Beach. Family owned and operated by native San Diegan James Hill and his cousin Scott Stark, this company puts an emphasis on customer service, a vast product offering and a knowledgeable staff. Hill’s father is a dentist in Ramona, whose own version of customer service has won him numerous “best business” awards. “I learned a lot about customer service from my dad,” Hill said. “Customer service is underemphasized these days. My company is working to fix that.” How so? For starters, California Hydroponics & Organics offers free one-on-one advice with their qualified employees. In fact, one of their employees has a degree in agriculture. “You need an expert to answer your gardening questions,” Hill said. “There are a lot of variables involved.” What sets California Hydroponics & Organics apart from every other gardening center in town is their commitment to being a part of the community. “We treat people like people, not customers,” Hill said. “People who garden around here are all so friendly. We’ve already had people stop by showing us pictures of gardens that we helped them get going.” For those readers who are unsure of what hydroponics is, Hill notes that it is simply the growing of plants with nutrientrich water instead of soil. Whether your gardening is done hydroponically or traditionally in soil, California Hydroponics & Organics is committed to making self-sustaining gardening a practical part of every home by providing innovative, environmentally friendly and easy to use gardening products. The store caters to all types of gardeners and carries the world’s most advanced lines of premium organics and bioorganic plant nutrients and grow media for today’s avid gardener. They offer a huge inventory of name brands, a low-price guarantee and fast order processing. The store is also currently offering a 20 percent discount for first time customers. California Hydroponics & Organics is located at 564 Stevens Ave. in the Stevens Design Center. They are open seven days a week, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Call California Hydroponics & Organics at (858) 436-7775 or visit www.californiahydroponic.com for all of your growing needs.

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All of your fireplace questions can be answered COAST CITIES — A fireplace is an absolute essential according to homebuilder statistics. Even here in sunny California, a fireplace is the key component of almost

every living room. A sure way to impress people is to have a home with a fireplace in an unconventional place like the bedroom, the kitchen or the sunroom.

The fire spaces available to today’s homeowners are much more versatile, and infinitely safer than those of the past. High-tech innovations allow for fuel efficiency and

installations in locations that were once prohibitive. At Fireplaces Plus, they are prepared to help you maximize the fireplace in your home so that it provides you with the key components of warmth, efficiency, ease and beauty. When you come to the store, you will be able to speak with trained sales technician. They will ask you specific questions which will help lead you to the products that will satisfy your individual hearth needs. In order to help make your visit to their store more productive, come prepared to answer the following questions. 1. What type of fuel are you going to burn? The fuel choices that they offer are wood, gas, electric, pellet and ethanol alcohol.

2. Is your fireplace factory built or a full masonry fireplace? If it is a prefabricated fireplace, go to every length to determine the manufacturer and the model number.The manufacturers’ name and model number are generally on a steel plate that is riveted to the metal box. If you do not have a factory built fireplace then look closely at the masonry unit that you have. Does it have a masonry base and metal flue or is there a tile lined masonry chimney? If you have a gas line into your fireplace, what type of gas do you have piped in? Natural or propane? 3. Does the chimney have a one or two story height? 4.Approximately how old is the fireplace? What fuels have been used in the past,

and when was the chimney last cleaned and swept? 5. Are the brick panels or the firebrick that line the inside of the box in good condition? 6. What are the measurements of the fireplace? You can download a measure sheet at www.fireplacesplus.com. Fireplaces Plus has been in business for 38 years. They have four certified installation technicians on staff and four trained and four knowledgeable salesmen. Their showroom has more than 50 burning displays and a huge inventory of accessories. Visit them at 1833 Diamond Street in San Marcos, or online at www.fireplacesplus.com.

Warm up to an affordably luxurious bathroom no matter the temperature (ARA) — With the advent of summer still several months away, the comfort of a hot bath or invigorating shower continues to be something to look forward to every day. However, in many ways, the bathroom can be a frigid place on a cold late-winter or early-spring San Diego day. In fact, it often may feel like the coldest room in the house thanks to all of that impersonal chrome, porcelain and tile. But, it doesn’t have to be. It’s possible to warm up even the chilliest bathroom, even on the tightest of redecorating budgets. As you plan your bathroom revamp, start by looking right under your feet. Many bathroom floors are made from ceramic tile or natural stone, such as mar-

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els, plush bathmats and a sumptuous velvet shower curtain will add a sense of rich warmth to the space. Wall color also plays a role. Light and airy colors, while beautiful, definitely do not convey a sense of comfort. Instead, paint your walls an unexpectedly rich color to create a welcoming, cozy atmosphere. Bear in mind that warm colors can make a bathroom look smaller, so be sure to use a soft white as an accent to balance out whatever deep tone you select. For instance, Dutch Boy’s Treaded Grapes offers a splash of color and welcoming personality in a deep, classic purple tone. Paint your bathroom walls with this leading 2011 color trend and offset the statement with Narrative Cream-colored molding and accessories TURN TO BATHROOM ON B21



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Choose and use products with care to make your lawn something to share (ARA) — A lawn is an extension of our living space, a place where we can enjoy outdoor activities with family and friends. When pests invade our yards and threaten our comfort and safety, it’s important to take action to control insects and weeds by choosing and using lawn and garden products carefully. Protective care often involves the use of pesticides to rid lawns of harmful pests like grubs, mosquitoes, ticks, fire ants, poison ivy and ragweed. With careful research

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Five ‘luxury’ bathroom upgrades on the cheap (ARA) — It’s probably safe to say that no potential buyer ever passed on a house because the bathroom was just too lovely and luxurious. And few of us would prefer to come home at the end of the day to decompress in an outdated bathroom with a shabby shower and cabinets that have seen better days. A beautiful bathroom can help potential buyers overlook other flaws in a home. And the bath is one room where homeowners can be confident their renovation dollars will yield not only improved home value, but enhanced enjoyment as well. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend lavishly to elevate the luxury quotient of your home’s bathroom. Here are five “luxury” upgrades that can be done on a moderate — or even modest — budget: 1. Lighten up with a skylight When it comes to creating a comfortable, energy-efficient ambiance in a room, it’s hard to beat Mother Nature. Natural light helps reduce dependency on artificial light sources and the electricity they consume, and can have a positive effect on mood and overall health. You may hesitate to add a large, clear window to a bathroom, but skylights are a great way to add the luxuriousness of natural light without compromising on privacy. Choose a venting style which can also be a cost-effective way to help vent humidity, steam and odors from a bathroom. New models, like Velux America’s No Leak Skylight, eliminate leak worries; when properly installed, Velux skylights are no more prone to leaks than any other quality window. Visit www.veluxusa.com to learn more. 2. Shower yourself with luxury Ripping out that old ceramic tile and replacing it with the trendiest stone may not be in your budget, or your shower’s future, but swapping out a standard showerhead with something more luxurious probably is. It’s easy to find a variety of showerheads — from rainfall and massaging, to hand-held or dualhead and multi-jet — that will elevate your daily washing routine to a spaquality experience. What’s more, a new showerhead is one of the easiest bathroom renovations to do yourself, even if you have no previous DIY experience. 3. Accessorize, accessorize Who doesn’t love warm, plush bath towels? Or foot-soothing rugs that

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Contract Carpet celebrates 25 years of furnishing flooring Revamp your home with ceramic tile COAST CITIES — Contract Carpet remains an icon in North County flooring as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. The Dixon family and its staff at Contract Carpet continue to offer that priceless alternative to the daunting world of giant impersonal box stores. It offers that rare, family-business approach to finding just the right flooring for

your home. The Dixons have been in business in North County since 1985 and have seen countless competitors come and go while they continue to provide excellent service to their loyal customers. As Marty and Susie’s four children have grown up and completed their college years, Josh and Nick have joined the business taking part in the

everyday operations. Josh is currently managing the San Diego location while his younger brother Nick works out of both locations. They welcome you to visit either of their two showrooms to borrow samples and explore decorating ideas. Their two daughters have decided to venture into other fields, TURN TO FLOORING ON B20

Reduce spring cleaning stress with these chore-sharing tips (ARA) — When spring finally rolls around this year, families everywhere will be ready to embrace the season and all it has to offer: sunny days, higher temperatures and finally getting back outside. But a long winter means your home has some serious spring cleaning needs, which can cause serious stress when one person — Mom — has to handle it by herself. Sixty-two percent of mothers handle all household chores, according to a recent Roper study. And on average,

moms spend more than 14 hours per week cleaning and maintaining the home. “Family cooperation is key,” says Alison Gutterman, mother of two and president of Jelmar, maker of CLR cleaning products. “If you share the responsibility for chores, they’ll not only get done faster, but there will be less stress for the whole family.” Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to create a chore-sharing plan before your flock flies the coop. Create a rotating schedule of chore

assignments so no one gets stuck cleaning the toilet each time. But most of all, keep these simple spring cleaning tips in mind so doing “the chores” doesn’t have to be a chore. • Organize: Group rooms that need sprucing up into “sectors” that use similar products and methods to help break up your to-do list and tackle projects quickly. • Prioritize: If cleaning the garage has been TURN TO CHORE ON B20

(ARA) — Transforming the look of the home does not need to be a costly, complicated process. And with an increasing focus on sustainability, homeowners are more concerned with using durable products that will keep their beauty and functionality for years to come. Revamping your home with ceramic tile is a great way to establish a contemporary look that will last. The technical specifications and aesthetic applications that ceramic offers are affordable and do not necessarily involve major work. Ceramic tile is easy to clean and maintain, durable and resistant to most common forms of wear. The other

notable feature is that tile comes in a multiplicity of shapes, colors, textures, finishes and weights. This range of options in ceramic floor and wall tile makes them the perfect ally for turning original design ideas into personalized spaces. The tile experts at Tile of Spain offer these tips to consider when working with ceramic tile: • When using ceramic tile to tackle a renovation project, make the material’s versatility work as much as possible for you. Plan the kind of ambiance you want to create in any given room TURN TO CERAMIC ON B20

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with the range of decking products and accessories on the market, every deck can take on a personality of its own, he says. Personalization is what makes the deck an extension of the home, says Rick Preble of Deckorators, the leading deck accessory brand that embraces the concept of deck personalization. “The idea of an outdoor living room has really materialized as people have reattached to their existing homes,” Preble says. “A costeffective way to add square

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Ground cover The creeping cure for ugly bare spots and landscaping challenges (ARA) — Nearly every lawn or garden has one — a bare, ugly spot where nothing seems to grow well. Maybe the spot gets too much sun, or too much shade. Perhaps the soil is too sandy, rocky or full of clay for most plants to survive in it. Maybe it’s on a hill or slope where exposure to wind and water runoff make it uninhabitable for average plant life. Whichever one (or more) of these challenges is the source of your problem spot, chances are the cure is pretty universal: cover it up ... quickly, inexpensively and permanently with flowering or lush, green ground cover. Hardy, easy to grow and aesthetically appealing ground cover fills vacant spaces, solves landscaping trouble spots and minimizes garden maintenance. Ground cover can transform a dull, sparse space into a rich tapestry of textures, shapes and continual color. These plants can spruce up challenging spots under trees, accent transitional areas along paths and foundations, and

intensify interest in open spaces. Plus, they deliver a stunning seasonal show of flowers and colors. Ground cover is a costeffective, fast way to deal with difficult trouble spots. It performs the job of mulch at a fraction of the cost, blocking weed growth, insulating soil, protecting more fragile plants and adding visual appeal. Some ground covers even bolster nutrients for companion plants with more demanding nutritional needs. Spring is the best time to plant ground covers, giving roots a chance to become established before conditions turn harsh.But before you decide on which varieties of these landscaping miracle-makers you’ll plant, here are some ground cover guidelines: • Don’t just plant the first ground cover that catches your eye. First, take stock of your problem area so you can select a ground cover that is appropriate for the spot. Some ground TURN TO COVER ON B19



homeowners a way to visually discover the different design options they like best for personalizing a deck. The Deck Visualizer allows the user to set the virtual deck environment to a lake or backyard view and then change the deck accessories for limitless combinations. Users can select the color or grain of composite or wood decking, select the style of metal or even glass balusters, add baluster infill centerpieces, change railing colors, and add post caps, lighting options and even stone. “This deck design program is fun for homeowners to use and is a great tool for deck planning,” says Preble. “We work with hundreds of deck builders, and they appreciate having this when working with clients. It allows both consumers and deck builders to visualize different options and choose deck products prior to constructing a deck.” The North American Deck and Railing Association website (nadra.org) is another good place for consumers to start when gathering information for a deck build. The organization has a large gallery of photographs of decks that have received national awards for design or construction. Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA, says consumers are definitely hungry for deck design ideas and information on new products. NADRA offers resources to help consumers with deck and rail design and deck safety. The organization’s website also provides access to more than 1,750 different building products companies. Homeowners who want to build or who are renovating an existing deck will find new trends for 2011. One material making its move onto decks is stone. Deckorators cast stone Postcovers, which install over rail posts, are one new product in high demand. The postcovers provide the same look and feel as natural stone columns, but are designed to install over basic wood posts. Postcovers are hand-painted to look like cobblestone, fieldstone or stacked stone. The simulated product costs far less than real masonry work and makes it possible for do-it-yourselfers or contractors to add simulated stone columns to a deck. “Stone or simulated stone on a deck has become possible with new products, and it’s another example of interior design trends and the mixing of various elements making their way to outdoor living areas,” Preble says. Experts agree that putting the time into planning your deck up front and knowing what your product options are is the best way to ensure you end up with a space your family will embrace as a true outdoor living room.



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Tips for better remodeling or landscaping (ARA) — For many homeowners, the return of warm weather signals that time of year to launch the long-awaited home remodeling or backyard patio project. With the typical major kitchen remodel topping $58,000 and the cost of a new roof topping $21,000, according to the National Association of Realtors 2009 Cost vs. Value Report, taking on even a minor remodel calls for careful attention to detail. It’s even more important if you’re not a do-it-yourselfer and want to hire a contractor to perform some or all of the work, says FindLaw.com, the world’s leading online legal resource. Doing your homework upfront and being crystal clear in your dealings with a home remodeling or landscaping contractor will reduce miscommunication, frustration and expensive errors. If you’re ready to take the plunge, here are some timetested tips from FindLaw.com for a better remodeling or landscaping project: 1. Ask yourself: Does it make sense? Before you move too quickly, it’s critical to determine if it makes sense to remodel.The first place to look is your neighborhood. Are other neighbors improving their homes and enhancing the exteriors of their homes,as well as their yards? Is your city or town properly maintaining streets and public areas? Are you committed to staying in your home at least five years? Remodeling and landscaping can be expensive and, in many cases, you will not fully recoup your investment. While it’s important to do it for yourself, be careful not to over invest either. 2. Do your homework. Before you call a contractor, do your homework to get a good idea of what you want from your remodeling or landscaping project. Visit showrooms, talk to friends and neighbors



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Eco-scaping The move to de-lawn large tracks of turf and transform lawns into sustainable landscapes is achievable with the right plants that use less water and pesticides. Beautiful native plants like Solidago “Solar Cascade,” exclusively available from North Creek Nurseries, part of The American Beauties Native Plant collection, are lowmaintenance plants that attract wildlife and beneficial pollinators like butterflies, bees and birds. Proceeds benefit the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Program.

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who have recently remodeled, read home and landscaping magazines, and visit open houses and showcase homes to see what’s hot in home remodeling and landscaping projects. Start a notebook to collect your ideas, product information and product samples. 3. Build a budget. As you do your homework, start piecing together a budget of what various products and materials may cost. Keep in mind, especially when remodeling an older home,there may be unexpected surprises (such as plumbing or electrical) that could drive up the costs of your remodeling project. To be on the safe side,always add 20 percent to the generally recommended costs of a remodeling project. 4.Listen to word-of-mouth. If you hire a contractor, make sure that any contractor that you consider is licensed, bonded and insured. Word-of-mouth is the most reliable method to finding a contractor. Ask your friends, neighbors or family members for the names of contractors or landscapers with whom they’ve worked. 5. Get multiple bids. Always get at least three proposals when selecting a contractor to handle your remodel-

ing or landscaping project. Always meet the contractor in person and never agree to hire a contractor after your first meeting. Obtain all estimates in writing and carefully compare the details that each contractor has spelled out in his or her proposal. 6. Check your permits. Be wary of the contractor who says you don’t need to pull a permit from city hall for your remodeling or landscaping project. A permit typically represents the minimum construction standard set by a local community. In other words, a permit actually protects you as the homeowner from shoddy construction or landscaping practices. If you live in a historic neighborhood, there may be more restrictive guidelines that you must follow that have been set by a neighborhood council. 7. Get references. Before you say “yes” to a contractor’s proposal, get at least three to five references from a contractor. Call the contractor’s references and ask about the experience of working with him or her — did the contractor complete the project on time and on budget? Was the contractor responsive to making changes throughout the project and the completion of the punch list

grasses beautify spaces and affordable, colorful plants that look as comfortable in benefit the environment. 21st century homes as they Succulents did in Victorian days. To learn Dry gardening using less more about the health benewater is bubbling across the fits of indoor houseplants, nation. Attractive and low- check out www.O2forYou.org. maintenance succulents have showy flowers and thick, Growing up with verfleshy foliage that stores tical gardening water like a camel’s hump. “Vertical gardens are Drought-tolerant and becoming increasingly popuable to thrive in a variety of lar and will grow far beyond conditions, succulents look anything we can envision,” great in small gardens and says Joe Zazzera, with Plant large landscapes. Get ideas Solutions, Inc. and Green from Costa Farms on varieties Plants for Green Buildings that you can mix with peren- (GPGB.org). “Businesses are nials, containers and stand- seeing the productivity, envialone or in roof gardens. ronmental quality and return on investment that indoor Indoor gardening plantings and vertical living From “steampunk” walls are bringing to their Victorian hipster decor rock- projects.” ing among young urbanites to From containers with upscale suburban homes, dec- climbing vines, flowers and orating with houseplants like veggies to vertical walls orchids, ferns and palms is blooming with edibles, plants hot. are growing up. Chic and easy to grow, orchids add a lavish touch to Urban farming and any room. Plus these hard- CSAs working beauties clean In step with the move to indoor air of volatile organic reinvigorate communities, compounds and provide oxy- urban farming and gen. Community Supported Phalaenopsis (moth) Agriculture farms (CSAs) are orchids as well as other vari- springing up nationwide. eties are perfect choices for Urban farming “micro-farms”

(all of the final details to wrap up a project)? Contact your local Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed about the contractor. And, contact building suppliers and subcontractors (electricians, plumbers, etc.) to see if your contractor pays his or her bills on time. 8. Get it in writing. Never, ever agree to hire a contractor, even if it’s your brother-in-law, on a handshake. Always insist on a contract, says FindLaw.com. Be precise about exactly what services will be performed and by when. Specify exactly what products and materials will be used. Spell out when payments will be made to the contractor and clarify what recourse you have if the work is not completed to your satisfaction. If need be, contact an attorney specializing in contracts to review the document before signing. 9. Do a gut check. You need to feel good about having someone come into your home every day for weeks or possibly several months.Working with a contractor should be fun, but more importantly, you need a contractor who listens and responds to you. Check your gut reaction. If in any way you feel uncomfortable with a contractor, don’t sign the contract. And if you have to, move quickly to cancel it. Many states allow a consumer to cancel a contract within three business days after signing it. 10. Be completely satisfied. Never pay for the entire remodeling project or landscaping project up front, before construction begins. In most cases, you’ll put down 25 percent of the total project amount to get the work started. After that, you’ll pay portions at certain milestones up until the completion of the project. Don’t make the final payment until you are completely satisfied. It’s one of your last defenses for ensuring that work is completed to your satisfaction. are converting small spaces in blighted areas into thriving farms that grow fresh produce for inner city communities. CSAs offer fresh produce and provide the chance to learn about varieties, maintaining plants and sharing experiences.

New Urbanism Sustainable urban communities that offer spots to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle are on the rise. Planting water-wise plants, collecting rainwater, building walkable streets, and fostering diversity of shops, homes and apartments with less turf and more plants encourages better stewardship of the earth, and reconnects everyone as fellow stewards of resources and communities. “We had trouble wrapping our heads around saving the rain forests,” says McCoy, “But we clearly can wrap our arms around saving our own backyards. Digging and planting gardens brings awareness that we’re all earth’s caretakers.” For a complete look at the Garden Media Group 2011 Garden Trends visit www.gardenmediagroup.com.


covers need sun, while others thrive only in shade. Some prefer dry locations. Others require moist soil. • Assess the soil at the site. Is it sandy and dry? A lovely loam? Or wet, soggy clay? There’s a ground cover for every soil condition, but you’ll also need to test the acidity level of the soil. You may need to amend your soil to raise or lower its pH content, or add organic matter to modify its texture. • Hardy as they are, ground covers still require proper fertilizing, watering and weed control to maintain their attractiveness — just like any other plant. Newly planted areas will need special attention until they’re well established. • Seed is the least expensive way to start ground cover. And planting ground cover seeds is some of the easiest sowing you’ll ever do in your yard or garden. Ground cover seeds are typically much smaller and lighter than other plant seeds; often you’ll get as many as 175,000 seeds in just 1 ounce. One way to make sowing even easier is to use a pre-mix of seeds and lime, like those offered by Outsidepride.com. The mix comes in a shaker bottle and you simply sprinkle the seeds on the planting site.The lime in the mix improves the pH of acidic soils, adds valuable micronutrients and helps break down organic matter. The lime is also white, so it’s easy to tell where you’ve spread the seed. You can find a ground cover for virtually every soil situation — and to suit every landscaping preference. Outsidepride.com offers more than 50 different types of ground cover seed, from the luminous lavender and red of Magic Carpet creeping thyme and the baby blue of Forget-Me-Not to the gorgeous greens of Irish Moss and Kenilworth Ivy. Best-sellers like creeping thyme offer homeowners a vibrant, versatile way to solve problems and accent their landscaping. Creeping thyme is a favorite for its tolerance of dry soil,low maintenance needs and ability to self-seed season after season. To get ground covers started off on the right foot, plant them in spring so they have a chance to root well. Before long, your barren, weedy trouble spots will be gone, covered by wondrous waves of flowers and foliage.



protect tootsies from cold floors? It makes sense not to skimp when it comes to choosing towels, area rugs and other accessories for your bath. Even top-quality accessories cost less than major renovations, and they can go a long way toward making your bathroom feel polished, put-together and posh. From good bath linens to a towel-warmer that can make them feel extra cozy, accessories are an economical, effective way to add luxurious touches to your bathroom.





Stacey is a professional photographer and Kelli is an EMT working toward a firefighting career. While growing the business and raising their family here, the Dixons and Contract Carpet have provided the community with more than just fine floor coverings. They have also supported and sponsored school events and youth sport teams. The staff at Contract Carpet continues to volun-



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last longer than that. By comparison, most other companies only offer a two-year guarantee. Corky has an amazing passion for his business, and surrounds himself with the best of the best to make sure his company offers “state of the art” pest control. Among his knowledgeable staff is a full-time plant pathologist so they can find lasting and effective solutions to every

teer in their area with organizations like the Community Resource Center, putting together holiday gift baskets, as well as lending a hand with local animal shelters. At both Contract Carpet locations — 191 N. El Camino Real, Suite 112, Encinitas, and 11658 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 130, San Diego — the Dixons and their team know that no other single furnishing in your home sets the tone like the flooring. All of their installers are

not only experts but longtime employees, offering a reliability that will meet the highest expectations of quality and workmanship. Contract Carpet offers flooring shoppers free estimates and guarantees all labor. Whether it’s the warmth of wall-to-wall carpet, the bright accent of area rugs, the finish tone of elegant wood floors, the practicality of a porcelain tile or the convenience of vinyl flooring, flooring is what gives any room its basic personality.

When furnishing a new home or bringing old floors up to date, Contract Carpet is the place to find it all, including custom window treatments that will match or compliment your flooring choice. And to the busy homeowners’ delight, shoppers don’t have to wander miles to some distant warehouse district to find the right price and selection. Visit them in the heart of Encinitas or in Carmel Mountain Ranch or call them at (760) 436-9030 or (858) 451-9717.

to help fix the problem. Treat products with care — Store all pesticides according to label directions, away from children and pets. Handling pesticide products responsibly protects both

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and select colors and finishes that will help achieve it. Bright colors help enhance the light. Earthy and ochre colors transmit serenity. Blues, greens and browns can be used to create natural spaces while the contrast of black and white adds simplicity and elegance. The possibilities are as boundless as the user’s imagination. • The broad spectrum of this material’s design versatility has helped it become a popular decorative element. The old-fashioned view of ceramic as a simple, functional product to be used only in very specific rooms such as the kitchen and the bathroom, has lost ground over the years as the material has become more versatile. When working with tile, be open to the various propositions — metallic finishes, finishes that mimic the look of fabric and wood, relief work, new sizes and formats. Choose those that enhance the personality of the targeted design space. • Combinations of finishes and textures help break up the linear nature of a room and make it more dynamic. Relief and “volume” finishes, as well as large format tiles, enable you to change the

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apparent dimensions of a room and play with the light. Imitations of wood and leather give a greater sense of comfort and create references to natural elements. Because tile now provides such versatility and beauty, there is a growing quest to apply the qualities of ceramic to other spaces such as patios, porches and terraces, and even to other objects or furniture pieces, such as headboards, tables, benches, shelves, bookcases and inside closets.These new applications mean that homes are developing a more personal and original feel and are becoming more practical. Equally, screen-printing and digital printing techniques have opened the doors of the imagination when decorating tiles. The development of these production processes enables the final look to be highly personalized, creating spaces that are unique and custom-made. Bearing in mind the durability of ceramic, ease of maintenance and easy installation methods that enable spaces to be altered cleanly, simply and cheaply, it’s becoming clear that using ceramic tile is an efficient way to revamp your home creatively and affordably. For more tips on decorating with tile, visit www.spaintiles.info.

neglected for years, chances are it’s not a priority. Save those tough jobs until you get through the rooms you know have to get done. • Quick refresh: Have guests coming today? If you don’t have time for a deep clean, quickly freshen up each room by spraying fabric softener on drapes and curtains, and toss the pillows and couch covers in the dryer with a dryer sheet. • Use cleaning multitaskers: Maintaining that huge supply of specialized cleaners under the sink is a

waste of time and space — look for products that can tackle three or four jobs instead of just one. For example, CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner cleans caked-on grime from ceramic tile, shower doors, toilet bowls, kitchen counter tops and more with just a spray and swipe. • Create a finish line: Cleaning can go on forever if you let it. By establishing some cleaning goals before you start, you can manage your time and know when to say “enough’s enough.” Once you’re done, get back to enjoying the season and your family.



needs and budgets. Their service technicians can come to your house, evaluate the problems and provide quality solutions for each situation. If you live a green lifestyle, you’d be surprised to know most products used by Corky’s are botanicals, natural products that control pests that are environmentally friendly. You can request all botanicals if that is your preference. For properties that are fully landscaped and the customer does most of their own landscape work, Corky’s

can provide periodic professional help to keep insects and pests under control and out of your life. Even with regular maintenance, when summer comes and brings out the pests in force, Corky’s can adjust their service schedule to meet those increased needs. Many of our most common pests are attracted to aphids and whiteflys who spend their time on roses, hibiscus, citrus, and other fruit trees. The honeydew these insects secrete is what

attracts the ants, spiders, and other crawling insects, so ongoing treatments to discourage and eliminate these tempting treats for our unwanted pests are what create an insect- and pest-free yard so you can enjoy the best of the Southern California weather. For more than 44 years, Corky has satisfied thousands of residential, commercial, and mobile home customers. Comments like the following are ongoing: “I want to thank you for the excellent

service your company has provided over the past twenty years … and Steve has been a wonderful employee servicing our home.” This is why Corky’s sprays more residential homes and landscapes in San Diego. Corky’s has continued to provide interior and exterior pest control, termite control, fumigation and repair, home repair service and much, much more. For more information, contact Corky’s Pest Control at (800) 901-1102 or visit www.corkyspestcontrol.com.


bat this, OTC decongestant nasal sprays shouldn’t be used more than three days in a row. Also, an allergist can prescribe a nasal spray containing a steroid, which may be more effective and is not addictive. Myth: Allergy shots require too much time and are more expensive than taking medicine to relieve symptoms. Fact: Depending on how bothersome the allergies are, immunotherapy (allergy shots) may actually save money and improve quality of life. In fact, a recent study showed that immunotherapy

reduced total health care costs in children with allergic rhinitis (hay fever) by one-third, and prescription costs by 16 percent. The shots are similar to a vaccine, exposing the recipient to a tiny bit of allergen at a time, to build up a tolerance to it. As tolerance increases, allergy symptoms will be significantly lessened and may even go away. That can save sick days and money spent at the drug store. Myth: A blood test is the best way to diagnose allergies. Fact: Actually, skin tests are more sensitive than blood

tests. In skin allergy testing, the skin on the inside of the arms or the back is pricked with a tiny bit of an allergen. If the person is allergic, the site will become red and swollen within 20 minutes and usually clear in an hour or two. Skin testing is very safe when performed by an allergist, even in infants and young children. But no single test alone provides the entire picture. Sufferers should see an allergist, who is trained in diagnosing and treating allergies. To learn more about allergies and asthma, take a relief test or find an allergist, visit AllergyAndAsthmaRelief.org.


drowsiness. Allergists can prescribe more effective antiinflammatory medications as well as find the source of suffering, rather than just treat the symptoms. Myth: OTC decongestant nasal sprays are addictive. Fact: OTC decongestant nasal sprays are not technically addictive. However, people who overuse them may think they are because they need more and more to get relief from the congestion. To com-

Del Sur celebrates grand opening SAN DIEGO — To celebrate the opening of two parks and three new residential neighborhoods, Del Sur is welcoming everyone to a free, fun-filled Day in the Parks event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the master-planned community off Camino Del Sur just north of state Route 56. “The Del Sur lifestyle boasts an abundance of outdoor activities, so our Day in the Parks celebration will reflect that,” said Bill Ostrem, president and CEO of Black Mountain Ranch, developers of Del Sur (www.delsurliving.com). “There will be food and fun for home shoppers at three different parks and in every new home neighborhood at Del Sur.” Three new residential neighborhoods opening to the public for the first time March 19 at Del Sur are Carleton and Presidio by Standard Pacific Homes and Valencia by California West Communities. All three neighborhoods offer larger homes on large lots, and each showcases the new “Del Sur Room” designed to extend and expand indoor/outdoor living space. Prices are expected to start from the low



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$600,000s. In addition to model home tours, prospective homebuyers will find family fun activities and refreshments at three Del Sur parks during the March 19 event. Kristen Glen Park activities will include kite decorating, kite flying and remotecontrol sailboats. Old Stonefield Park will have doggy yoga classes as

well as an obstacle course for canines. Dogs are welcome at Old Stonefield Park. Spreckels Park activities will include hamster ball races, a climbing wall and traditional park games such as bocce ball, croquet and ping pong. In addition to new Del Sur neighborhoods Carleton, Presidio and Valencia, new phases of homes are being

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throughout in various textures, such as accent pillows, rugs and upholstery. You can go bold with vibrant, saturated hues as well, in anything from artwork to furniture to wall color. “Switching up a room’s color with a quick coat of paint can really change the look, feel and personality of it,” says Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for SherwinWilliams. “If you want your room to ooze with energy, you might choose reds and oranges, while those looking for serenity might like cooler blues or creamy neutrals.” For color inspiration and paint tips, visit Sherwin- Find your inspiration For those looking for a litsaid, “After waiting a whole williams.com or your neighyear with another realtor borhood Sherwin-Williams tle inspiration, try these fun ideas to personalize your with no results, you came store. space: Frame your grandparalong and did it in three ents’ old love letters and hang weeks with your enthusiasm Customize your space Companies have taken them in a bathroom. Use a and fantastic advertisethe demand for personaliza- shadow box to display a collecment.” If you would like to tion to heart and are increas- tion of concert tickets. Look to enlist Zanelli’s help manag- ingly offering homeowners your heritage — if you’re ing your remodel or repairs, unique ways to tailor their Scottish, investigate your or if you would like to sell spaces. For example, Decor “clan tartan” and make a your home or list your home Cabinets recently introduced throw pillow out of the plaid for rent for Racing Season, or a color-matching system that pattern. If you like the ideas, for a consultation, contact allows you to customize an but don’t have the history — her at (858) 922-1341 or e- opaque finish of your cabi- fake it. Begin your own story mail her at realestate netry. Now your kitchen island and make your home truly one can perfectly match the of a kind. @DelMarla.com.

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Elijo Hills towncenter features an exceptionally appointed 19-acre park and community center, an elementary and middle school, and urban-style townhomes.” Visitors are also invited to explore the beautiful new homes available at San Elijo Hills. Lennar is offering San Elijo Hills’ first all-solar community at Terraza. Beautifully designed models showcase three two-story floor plans ranging from 2,182 to 2,721 square feet. Terraza features an extensive package of energy-saving amenities, including a SunPower® solar system. Homes are priced from the mid $500,000s. Terraza’s exterior architecture reflects Spanish Colonial, French Country, Craftsman and Prairie styles and blends with San Elijo Hills’ distinctive 1920s coastal California character. Terraza’s standard PowerSmartSM package includes a tankless water heater, enhanced insulation, double-paned windows with new generation low-E glass, water-conserving toilets, faucets and showerheads, energy-efficient lighting,

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